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Time After Time

352p. Hyperion. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781423159605. LC 2013018856.
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Gr 8 Up—Readers familiar with Anna and Bennett's "long distance" relationship from Time Between Us (Disney-Hyperion, 2012) will enjoy following their story, this time through Bennett's eyes. Back in modern-day San Francisco, he tries to see Anna as often as possible in 1995 Evanston, IL, traveling across both space and time to do so. Things start to go wrong when Bennett loses control over his strange ability. After saving Anna's best friend from a car accident in the first book, he begins to change the past in order to avert other tragedies. He must grapple with the moral implications of his special gift and the increasingly intense headaches and bloody noses he experiences upon returning to his own time. Paying too much attention to the rules governing relativity and the space-time continuum may give readers headaches of their own, but the plot marches along at a good pace and those who like romance/adventure stories will want to find out if Anna and Bennett end up together. With the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who and movies like About Time (2013) at the box office, the time-travel theme gives this book plenty of pop-culture cachet.—Gesse Stark-Smith, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
San Franciscan time-traveler Bennett (Time Between Us) tries to make his long-distance relationship with Anna work, but it's challenging, seeing as she's in 1995 Illinois--seventeen years in the past. Bennett's ability becomes still more complicated when a friend's accident persuades him to adjust past sequences of events and tinker with fate. The star-crossed-lovers premise is well executed in this touching sequel.

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